Graphic Design A.F.A. Transfer Program

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Graphic Design A.F.A. Transfer Program

Department: Art

Total Credit Hours: 61 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (19 credits)
Communication ENG 101** English Composition 1 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
COM 101 or Oral Communication  3
COM 106 or Public Speaking 
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
Mathematics MAT 155** Contemporary College Math or higher 4
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 
HIS 270 or History of Missouri 
POL 101 or American Government 
POL 102 State and Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology Course  3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry Course 
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course
Core Course Requirements (24 credits)
ART 1105* Digital Art Studio 3
ART 1200 2D-Design 3
ART 1205 Color Theory 3
ART 1300 3-D Design 3
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1500 Survey of Western Art History I 3
ART 1505 Survey of Western Art History II 3
Electives (18)
Electives 5 additional graphic design courses 15
ART 2199 Portfolio Design & Professional Practices 3

Total Required Hours: 61 credits

*Per College policy Individual students may be required to take COL 101.

* ART 1105 also fulfills the SCC computer literacy requirement.

** The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in math or English courses. If a student places into lower-level courses than are required for his/her degree, then the student needs to first enroll in such courses before enrolling in the required courses.

What Is Graphic Design A.F.A.?

The Associate of Fine Arts degree is a professional transfer degree for students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree with a concentration in graphic design or studio fine arts at either a four-year college, university or art school. The degree provides experience in selected areas to prepare students for a career in a creative arts profession.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment growth of artists depends in large part on the overall state of the economy, because purchases of art usually are optional.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in the fine arts field earn a mean average of $48,780 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Graphic Design Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in graphic design are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to:

art appraiser
art/ creative director
art restorer
exhibition designer
fashion designer
furniture designer
graphic designer

imaging specialist
infographics designer
motion graphics artist
package designer
police artist
print production
public art designer
3-D designer/sculptor
video editor
web designer

Unlike other forms of employment, many graphic designers require very little on-the-job training to get started with their career.

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Chris Ryan

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